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Ingredients / More floral hops, less grapefruit
« on: March 16, 2012, 05:35:58 PM »
Can someone tell me which hop varieties give a more floral aroma and not a grapefruit flavor?

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Ingredients / Minty hop taste?
« on: March 16, 2012, 05:35:02 PM »
I haven't been able to pinpoint which type it is, but in some beers I taste hops as if they were minty. I really hate it. Anyone have a clue as to which variety might taste minty or is it just my taste buds?

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Ingredients / Re: Summit rhizomes
« on: March 16, 2012, 05:33:09 PM »
Are there many other dwarf varieties?  I'm planting mine in pots but I have a feeling my HOA nazis will complain about the line I'm running up to my balcony.

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Equipment and Software / Re: I love beersmith
« on: March 16, 2012, 10:38:27 AM »
I'm patiently awaiting the Beersmith android app. It's supposed to use "cloud" storage for recipe sharing and what-not. No clue as to how far he is in development though.

hmmmmm.   That might just make me give up the iPhone......

It will be available for that as well: http://www.beersmith.com/forum/index.php/topic,3562.msg26326.html#msg26326

No clue as to how far he is in development though.

It's being alpha tested now.

That's good to hear!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Is this a poor shape for a mash tun?
« on: March 16, 2012, 09:59:51 AM »
I'm in the other camp. I don't like it. Buy a Coleman Extreme and there's no problems. And no wheels either.

Well, the only reason I was considering it is because I wouldn't have to buy it, but I would have to build the manifold.

If I were to buy something I would probably get a 10 gallon cylindrical so I can re-use the false bottom I have. ( http://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-Beverage-Jug-Orange-and-White-10-Gallon/14550424?findingMethod=rr )

I'm just pissed at myself for not researching this better.

It'll work fine and a little hump won't hurt you.

That's what she said?  :o
;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: I love beersmith
« on: March 16, 2012, 09:30:50 AM »
I'm patiently awaiting the Beersmith android app. It's supposed to use "cloud" storage for recipe sharing and what-not. No clue as to how far he is in development though.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-pitcing advice
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:13:35 AM »
There's a tab on the Mr. Malty yeast calculator for repitching from a slurry:
http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

I've yet to do that but will be harvesting some this weekend for use in my next brew.

Good luck!


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Equipment and Software / Re: Ranco 2 stage settings
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:15:35 PM »
EDIT: I just realized you were talking 1 degree on the heat side, just ignore this post.  :-[

Sensor is in a thermowell, so I'll set both sides to 68 with 1 degree differential. Thanks zorch

I don't have a Ranco so this advice might not be worth a crap, but when I set mine to 1 degree it would occasionally cycle the freezer for about a second then shut it off.  The temp reading would sometimes flip back and forth from, say, 67 to 68 then back to 67 as it was warming up.  I switched to a 2 degree swing and it solved than problem. When I set to 67 it will go down to 67.9 then up to 69.0 then back down, effectively 68. Stupid but it works. 

I have this controller: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057APQIY/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details

Anyway, just thought I would chime in just in case.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Boil Kettle
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:09:12 PM »


You know they have pills for that sort of problem...  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Is this a poor shape for a mash tun?
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:07:32 PM »
Great! I've been kinda disappointed in my first mash tun. It was the only thing I really didn't put much thought into. I purchased a pre-made 5 gallon igloo with false bottom but its just too small for larger gravity beers. I'll keep using it for now but will probably end up switching to the larger cooler in a few months.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC brew letdown
« on: March 15, 2012, 07:14:39 PM »
I brewed a bunch of recipes that I like to make for the NHC and I was really careful, really meticulous, really stringent on my measuring, sanitation etc and now that I'm tasting them, I'm sort of disappointed.  I think my regular old everyday beers where I just make beer are better.  Is it possible to be too clinical?  You just can't taste the love...

Just send them to me, then. I'll make sure they are properly evaluated.  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Is this a poor shape for a mash tun?
« on: March 15, 2012, 07:05:11 PM »
This is the interior of a cooler I rarely use:


Wouldn't that hump cause a large patch a dead space that wouldn't get a lot of water rinsed through it?

It IS blue at least.  8)

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Thanks!

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My next problem is collecting enough bottles to keep brewing while these have time to age. Where to keep them all?  ;D

If you have a Costco membership or know someone with one they sell their own craft beer, 4 different 6 packs for $18. I bought those, drank them, then removed the labels. The beer is pretty good, especially for less than $1 per beer.

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...you spend your entire lunch hour and breaks on the AHA forum.  8)

*guilty*

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